Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Body Heat bring warm, fuzzy rays to Orlando's Milk District along with Dearest and Lexi Long

Posted By on Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 1:38 PM

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THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
Body Heat, Dearest and Lexi Long, The Nook, June 2

Ugly Orange’s latest show featured young Florida band Body Heat. Although somewhat chameleonic, their indie rock generally rides a garage-psych wavelength that balances sun and fuzz with cool restraint.

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  • Body Heat at the Nook
Body Heat usually perform as a full band, but tonight they played as a duo, with only the creative core of Deanna Dorta and Matthew Horner. They may have arrived like Jack and Meg but the duo were a little more than the typical guitar-and-drums outfit.

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Horner augmented his standard drum kit with an electronic drum pad that helped fill out their rhythm section, and Dorta even slid over to the keyboard for a much more electronic-bent song. But even without their full corps, the performance was enough to convey the cogency of their textured melodies.

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Although opener Dearest has become a band more recently, the post-rocking dream pop vessel for Orlando artist Tracy Farah returned to its solo origins for this show. The newer expanded band looks are certainly a great evolution. But on his own, Farah’s assured and ever-deepening looping chops again showed how secondary everyone else is in the Dearest schema.

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And despite the back-to-basics arrangement and intimate milieu, this was one of Dearest’s more sonically assertive displays that climaxed with Psychocandy-esque feedback and yelling into the guitar. Add in Farah’s growing sophistication with integrating the keyboard into his tapestry and you’ve got an act of constant blossoming.

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Also opening was Lexi Long, a young Orlando artist that’s emerged more in the last year or so. With her fair and airy voice, she could easily coo sweet lullabies in her sleep.



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Instead of doing the obvious, however, her crystalline, spider-woven indie pop exhales with intriguing detail and a beguiling left-field sensibility. Even without the autoharp she enchanted with the last time I saw her, Long remains proof that pleasant and interesting need not be at odds.

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